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Photosynthesis-inspired process makes raw materials chemicals: New strategy is cheaper, less energy-intensive than current industrial processes

Northwestern University chemists have drawn inspiration from plants to revolutionize how an important industrial chemical is manufactured. In a first for the field, the Northwestern team used light and water to convert acetylene to ethylene, a widely used, very valuable chemical that is a key ingredient in plastics. Although this conversion usually requires high temperatures …

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